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Joshua is a big baby, says Johnson

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:05
British heavyweight Anthony Joshua is called "a big baby" by American Kevin Johnson before their fight on Saturday.

NHT workers stage sit-in

Observer - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:03
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Operations at the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) head office in New Kingston have been brought to a crawl, as several workers at the institution are currently staging a sit-in.

Griffins to play despite dad's death

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:56
Salford's Griffin brothers say they are available to play against Widnes despite the recent death of their father.

Cops on alert after Haitians arrive in Portland

Observer - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:55
PORTLAND, Jamaica – Two male Haitians arrived in a 10-foot canoe at Hector's River in Portland shortly after 6:00 this morning, the police are reporting.

T20 Blast 'can learn from Big Bash'

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:54
England's Twenty20 competition can learn from Australia's Big Bash, Hampshire and Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat says.

Sepp Blatter: bribery arrests have 'unleashed a storm' at Fifa' – video

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:51
Fifa president Sepp Blatter opens the organisation's election congress on Friday with a pledge to 'attack the problems immediately' that Fifa faces if he is re-elected. He calls for unity and team spirit in moving forward. Blatter had been expected to win a fifth four-year term when the 209 delegates from around the world vote, but his future has been thrown into doubt following the arrest of a number of Fifa executives on charges including money laundering and racketeering Continue reading...

BITU, Scotia signs 2-year agreement

Observer - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:49
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) has signed a 24-month agreement with the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited.

VIDEO: When Ardiles damaged the FA Cup

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:48
Glenn Hoddle reveals Ossie Ardiles dented the FA Cup during celebrations after the 1981 final win over Manchester City.

Fifa scandal: Jack Warner pictured dancing after leaving hospital with exhaustion

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:45

• Former vice-president addressed political rally in Trinidad
• ‘If I’ve been thieving Fifa money for 30 years, who gave me the money?’

Disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has been pictured dancing and at a political rally just hours after he was released from prison and taken to hospital in an ambulance citing ‘exhaustion’.

Warner was arrested in a sweeping corruption probe launched by US authorities this week and taken to prison in Trinidad’s capital Port of Spain. On Thursday, the 72-year-old appeared in court, where a judge detailed eight counts against him and then set bail at 2.5m Trinidadian dollars (US$395,000). He was also told he must surrender his passport and report to police twice a week.

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US removes Cuba from terror blacklist

Observer - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:35
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) –

England set to drop Northampton’s Dylan Hartley from World Cup squad

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:31
• Hooker expected to pay price for headbutting Saracens’ Jamie George
• Hartley has now had bans totalling 54 weeks
• Lancaster in World Cup tight spot over hothead Hartley

England are expected to announce they have dropped Dylan Hartley from their Rugby World Cup training squad today, after his latest ban for headbutting Jamie George.

It is understood that England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm he has dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad when announcing the team to face the Barbarians in Sunday’s Twickenham clash.

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A brief history of ... the rise and fall of the FA Cup, England's Super Bowl

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:30

The curious fan’s guide to the match that stops a nation. Or the match that used to, at least

With the Guardian’s unstoppable rise to global dominance (NOTE: actual dominance may not be global. Or dominant) we at Guardian US thought we’d run a series of articles for newer football fans wishing to improve their knowledge of the game’s history and storylines, hopefully in a way that doesn’t patronise you to within an inch of your life. A warning: If you’re the kind of person that finds The Blizzard too populist this may not be the series for you.

The FA Cup final is the nearest thing English sport has to the Super Bowl, and Aston Villa and Arsenal will run out for this year’s edition on Saturday. A famous annual jamboree, the showpiece of the nation’s favourite pastime, the culmination of a long season, a quasi-religious affair, a pseudo public holiday for all the family to enjoy. Soccer’s big day out.

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MLS weekend preview: where is the outrage over Fifa in US soccer circles?

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:30

The rolling, complex drama in Zurich can sometimes feel distant, a reality show for governance wonks

On Wednesday evening, whilst other MLS clubs were playing meaningful league matches, Toronto FC hosted Manchester City for a friendly. After the final whistle, local and international media assembled for a brief press conference, where Manuel Pellegrini and Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney were asked their opinions on the day’s events, when Swiss police apprehended seven Fifa officials as part of a US Department of Justice indictment.

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French Open 2015: day six – live!

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:25

11.25am BST

Morning! There’s no time for a preamble today. I’ve arrived late too work. Don’t tell my bosses! They don’t read this stuff, so we’re absolutely fine, as long as no one snitches. Good? Okay. Let’s go. What’s happening? Alize Cornet is fighting back against the remarkable Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after losing the first set 6-4. Cornet leads 4-2 in the second set. Once this is done, Roger Federer plays the unheralded Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

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England v New Zealand: second Test, day one – live!

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:18

11.18am BST

Actual newsy news! An early lunch will be taken at 12.30pm, and play will get under way 40 minutes later, unless it rains some more. Here’s the latest rain radar:

11.15am BST

And another one!

Mopping up at Headingley and a lot brighter.

11.11am BST

A vaguely optimistic update from Headingley:

Less umbrellas noticeable around Headingley now. Looks to be minimal rain. #fingerscrossed

11.04am BST

Here’s a minty-fresh picture from Headingley:

11.02am BST

Apparently the rain has stopped and the clouds aren’t as grey and dismal as they were half an hour ago. Still no word on a start time.

10.41am BST

Latest from the ground: no play for “at least an hour and a half”, according to Sky. England’s players are already kicking their heels in the dressing room, while the New Zealand side are still hanging out at their hotel.

10.33am BST

Hello world!

So without further ado, the key picture of the morning:

10.33am BST

Simon will be here soon enough. While you wait, here is Vic Marks on why Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali showed they are true talents during England’s win over New Zealand at Lord’s but how not all players can pair versatility with quality. Enjoy.

You can never have enough all-rounders in your Test team but you can have too many bits and pieces players. So what is the difference between these two categories, how is an all‑rounder defined and what do England currently have in their team?

Try this definition: for someone to be a true Test all-rounder, one of the disciplines of the player concerned should be good enough to get him into the team even if he does not bat or bowl as well. There is a more exacting statistical scale which is beautifully simple. If someone’s batting average exceeds his bowling average then he is a formidable all-rounder.

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Voting has begun to choose FIFA's next president

Observer - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:12
ZURICH (AP) — Delegates from the world soccer body's 209 members were handing over secret paper ballots in alphabetical order at the FIFA congress Friday in Zurich. Afghanistan kicked off the voting.

'Ford offers you more than Farrell'

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:12
BBC Sport's Jeremy Guscott looks ahead to Saturday's Premiership final between Bath and Saracens at Twickenham.

New York Rangers' robotic thrillers approach Game 7 with dead calm

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:00

The twin pillars of Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault have given the Rangers a huge advantage in series deciders

Like the villain in an 80s horror flick, the Rangers are nearly impossible to kill. No amount of adversity, mental or physical resistance will deter them (this postseason, at least) from their goal of taking home the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup in the past 90 years. The Tampa Bay Lightning, will be the latest team to try, for a second time on Friday night.

Since Alain Vigneault took the reins as the head coach of the New York Rangers two years ago, the team has twice come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series. They’re the only team to pull off that impressive and improbable feat.

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Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes remote area off Alaska coast

Observer - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:58
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck in a remote region off the Alaska coast, but officials say there is no tsunami threat or immediate reports of damage.